Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
I'm reminded in these moments of sickness how I really enjoy being well. I also am reminded of how apathetic I can become in my prayer life when things are comfortable. It's in these moments of trials that you cry out to God...not just for healing but also for the advancement of His Kingdom.
The last few days of being in the Mts. Mexico and having dysentery, have shown me how my prayer closet looks a lot like beans, rice, and tortillas! Nothing too exciting, or spicy, or even sweet. Just plain old beans, rice and tortillas. I realized that I have lost some passion with My God...when it comes to believing for a greater harvest or meal. You know? I had been so "programed" to pray passionately before church services that I hated it because it wasn't real or sincere. So over the years I would purposely not pray with passion because I wanted whatever was coming from my mouth to be from my heart. Not a bad principal to live by, but... Somewhere in all of that forgot about the passionate, real conversations I had sincerely had with Jesus.
Anyways, the last few days I have begun to 'change' a few things in my pantry or closet. I have been adding some spices, some treats, some protein, some meat, and much more...
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I like the last phrase...not lacking anything. Oh God, lead me to that place of not void of anything. I want my closet to have everything.Passion, Conviction, Hope, Freedom for captives, Freedom for communities, Devotion for You, yes, devotion for you Jesus... Amen.
Video of the Mexico trip coming soon...(its worth seeing and hearing about)
Posted by cultural architect at 6:51 AM
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I posted this last January:
"In 2008, I, God, will be greater in your home. Your place of rest. Your place of community. Your place of love. Your place of refuge. Your place of desire. I, Jesus, will be greater this season. Why? To prepare you for what is to come. For what will be released from My Kingdom. Greater Glory & Greater Fire. Greater Glory & Greater Fire.
I asked myself, "Was He greater this year?" And then I realized that He can only be greater if I allow Him to be.
Mk 6. Here you see Jesus going into His home town to be greater and He could not be. Why? Verse 6 - And he was amazed at their lack of faith.
2009 is here...and what an opportunity to believe for a greater place of rest; a greater place of community; of love; refuge; desire. Beginning today, a fresh start, I simply let God be God. Rest when it seems impossible to. Share when it feels like I have nothing to give. Love when everyone hates. Desire only one when culture desires all. And maybe verse 6 will read like this - And He was amazed because their faith was so great!
Psalm 27 has been on my heart the last 2 months. I don't know if you are allowed to meditate on a chapter of scripture for more than 2 months (probably goes against Bible study Etiquette)...but I have. I believe in my heart that this passage of Scripture is more than ever to be written on our hearts. You know? For such a time as this.
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
Then (key word, and not before, so that our worship may be genuine) my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
Resurrect our understanding, our faith, our love, our hope, our desire, our hearts Father. Amen.
Posted by cultural architect at 1:21 PM